USA Loses to Qatar in Bid for 2022 World Cup

May 14, 2010 - Zuerich, AL, SCHWEIZ - epa02157012 Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al Thani, left, President of Qatar Football Association, Hassan Al Thawadi, 2nd left, CEO of Qatar 2022 Bid Committee, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa AI-Thani, 3rd left, Chairman of Qatar 2022 Bid Committee, hand over the Qatar's bid to host the FIFA soccer World Cup 2022 to FIFA President Josef S. Blatter, right, in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 14, 2010.

FIFA’s executive committee – after visiting potential World Cup host nations and then hearing live presentations from the hopeful countries  – awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 cup to Qatar. The two tournaments will mark the first time soccer’s premier event will be held in Western Europe or the Middle East.

England and the United States had, at some point, been considered the favorites for 2018 and 2022, respectively.

Here’s a roundup of reactions to the news:

FFG’s take? We support letting new areas host the World Cup (the 1994 cup did wonders for soccer in the States), though we wonder about the real reasons behind the decisions.

As Robin Williams once said of the Academy Awards, “The Oscars are political?! Oh $%# off!”

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  1. AG says:

    Oh, man. I was quite perturbed when I heard about this. Let me read all the analysts remarks and get back with some of my own opinion.

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